AAA for EVs: Renault Will Save Drivers From Battery-Depleted Electric Cars

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For most electric vehicle drivers, so-called "range anxiety" shouldn't be an issue—drivers usually have enough foresight to stop at a gas station before gasoline runs out, so why wouldn't the same be true for EVs? Granted, there are fewer charging stations than gas stations currently on the streets, which is presumably why French automaker Renault is advertising a "get you home guarantee" for its electric vehicles.

Autobloggreen reports that Renault will offer a replacement vehicle for stranded motorists while their EV charges up—assuming that the vehicle ran out of juice within what it deems a realistic range. Renault's upcoming EVs include the Fluence, Zoe, Kangoo, and Twizy (all set to be released in Europe; Twizy, right). Twizy A realistic range for the $9,799 Twizy, for example, is 60 miles—so a driver whose vehicle peters out at 58 miles would get a free ride and charge from Renault.

Renault isn't the only EV manufacturer offering roadside assistance. Tesla also offers free roadside assistance to its customers. Nissan says it is considering roadside assistance possibilities for its Leaf EV customers—but the automaker claims that its onboard telematics system should help drivers find a charging station before the vehicle runs out of power.

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  • David Kaiser, PhD

    Glad to see the manufacturers are adapting their offering to make it more user-friendly. I'm hoping my next car, in a few years, will be an electric or a hybrid.

    David Kaiser, PhD
    Time Management Coach for Authentic Leaders

  • JAGUAR6CY

    EV cars will be littering the side of the road and filling used car sales lots. But don't worry. They are "green."